Five key players in Baroka and Golden Arrows PSL title challenge

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Goal takes a look at five players who could help Baroka FC and Lamontville Golden Arrows clinch the 2017/18 Premier Soccer League (PSL) title


Limbikani Mzava


Golden Arrows, Limbikani Mzava

Abafana Bes'thende are the only undefeated side in the league thanks to the 23-year-old defender's solid displays at the heart of the team's backline. 

Mzava's solid defending is complimented by his leadership qualities and he's the commander of the KwaZulu-Natal outfit's defence.

Arrows will look to the Malawi national team captain because a solid defence is key to winning the PSL title.


Gift Motupa


Ntsikelelo Nyauza of Orlando Pirates is challenged by Gift Motupa of Baroka FC

The Limpopo-born attacking midfielder is one of the reasons why current PSL log leaders Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele started the season like a house on fire.

Motupa, 23, has rediscovered his scoring form after rejoining Baroka on loan from Orlando Pirates - having netted four goals in nine league matches.

If the former South Africa Under-23 international stays injury free and Baroka are likely to maintain their league title challenge.


Kudakwashe Mahachi


Kudakwashe Mahachi of Golden Arrows

The Zimbabwean international, who is an important member of the Abafana Bes'thende team, has been one of the top peformers in the PSL this season.

Mahachi is blessed with the ability to create and score crucial goals, and he has already scored four goals in all competition.

The 24-year-old left-footed will be key to Abafana Bes'thende's hopes of winning the most coveted trophy in the country.


Olaleng Shaku


Baroka, Olaleng Shaku & Robert Marawa

The central defender is Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele's inspirational leader and he has been very consistent this season.

Shaku, who was born and bred in Ga-Mphahlele, has proved to a good leader at the heart of the Baroka defence and his interceptions are vital to launching attacks.

The 29-year-old's solid displays and leadership could help propel the Limpopo-based side to its maiden PSL title this season.


Lerato Lamola


Lerato Lamola - Golden Arrows 02032017

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Abafana Bes'thende boast the best attack in the PSL having netted 14 goals in nine matches because of the 31-year-old's work-rate upfront.

Lamola, who has formed a good partnership with fellow attackers Mahachi and Knox Mutizwa, works tirelessly for his team-mates creating spaces and chances.

The hard-working forward has four goals in all competitions and he could fire Arrows to their first ever league title if he maintains his good early season form.

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